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Assignment: Do You Want Fries With That?

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Food photography is one of the most difficult types of photography. By looking at a good food image, viewers easily visualize how the food would taste; they taste with their eyes. Due to the short amount of working time before the food is no longer visually appealing, everything must be set-up beforehand to maximize the shooting time.

*DSLR mounted on a tripod and pointing down at about a 45 degree angle to the food.
*DSLR set to Aperture Priority (Av).
*Aperture set to f4.
*Shutter release set to Self-timer
*White balance set to match the light (Daylight, Cloudy or Incandescent).

You can also experiment using some props, such as a tablecloth, and silverware. With a small depth-of-field, the viewer’s eyes will go to the food which is in focus and will not be distracted by the blurred background.

With props already in place, your DSLR mounted on a tripod and your camera set to the bullets above, make up a simple dish.

A garden salad made out of lettuce, radishes, celery and onions topped with either a cut-up grilled chicken breast or canned tuna works well because of its long working time.

Assignment:

Photographing the salad from different angles and viewpoints using natural light or ceiling lights. If the natural light is strong and highly directional, diffuse it with a piece of white sheer material, such as a curtain or a piece of rip-stop nylon.

By Ron Kness

These tips and more can be learned in any Indy Photo Coach class or lesson.

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11:57PM, 3 August 2009 PDT (permalink)

brash recess [deleted] says:

I drive my wife nuts now. If i see something worth shooting i have to.( Its a fix now) dinner prepaired
108 months ago (permalink)

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